The prince of transfer deadline day enjoyed yet another manic 24 hours before his license to sign players was revoked.
Harry Redknapp brokered some typically inspirational deals on the final day of the window, drafting in Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Niko Kranjcar on season-long loan deals from former clubs Tottenham and Dynamo Kiev, respectively.
In addition to these two international acquisitions, young midfielder Tom Carroll also signed on at Loftus Road for the remainder of the campaign, leaving Redknapp no excuses should the R’s fail to nail an immediate return to the top flight.
The west Londoners are available at 5/2 with bwin to win the Championship this season, while a mere 4/5 says they’ll be promoted by any of the three means.
This is the minimum QPR’s filthy rich bankrollers can expect from the season, especially after drafting in such decorated recruits on the final day.
In addition to Assou-Ekotto and Kranjcar, they’ve also managed to keep hold of top-level talents such as Julio Cesar and Joey Barton, both of whom are of a standard of quality way above the divisional average.
They’re guaranteed goals through Andy Johnson and Charlie Austin too, while the experience provided through players such as Richard Dunne will instil solidity and organisation for all of their defensive endeavours.
The club already appear to be reaping the benefits of good leadership at the back, having won each of their previous three Championship games without conceding a goal.
A hat-trick of 1-0 victories have taken QPR to within one goal of the second tier’s summit. When they hit their attacking stride, they’ll take some stopping.
What offers even further encouragement for Hoops fans is that, in three of the past five Championship campaigns, the champions have claimed 13 points from the first 15 available, one of which being the R’s very own 2010/11 vintage.